Learn how to build a chicken coop for your backyard. Here’s a beginner’s guide to building a DIYchicken coop!
HOW TO BUILD A BACKYARD CHICKEN COOP
The housing for your chickens can be as simple or fancy as your imagination and budget permit. The basic criteria will be dictated by the birds.
DIY Chicken Coop Plans and Designs
- First, decide on the size. You will need 2 square feet of floor space per chicken, and one nest box for every three hens. Nest boxes should be about a foot square. For larger breeds such as Jersey Giants, allow an additional square foot of floor space per bird. Learn more about the sizes of different chicken breeds to figure out which size chicken coop is right for you.
- Sketch the chicken coop on paper, with measurements. (Don’t know where to start? Check the plans for any size of flock here.)
- It might also be helpful to mark the ground where the coop will be erected, taking into consideration its location relative to the sun (southern exposure ensures greater warmth and sunlight); any nearby structures (will you attach it to a garage or barn?); and the need for a run, fenced or not (more on that in a moment). Build your coop and run on high ground to avoid battling water and mud problems!
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